10 Conversation-Starting Svalbard Facts

Being an iced-over, snow-heaped, bear-packed island at the edge of the world has its advantages: For one, you’re at least unusual enough to warrant talking about. And Svalbard, a Norwegian archipelago situated so far north it redefines the term “off the grid,” certainly warrants talking about. Thousands of tourists each year, in fact, think it warrants flying halfway around the globe for a Svalbard sailing voyage. To get your own account of what makes this Arctic archipelago so singularly special, here are 10 facts that just might prompt you to consider your own Svalbard cruise.

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